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Online Watcherofthewoods

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Scrimshaw
« on: June 27, 2011, 09:36:58 PM »
This was told to me by Poet_with_a_Gun over on the Hoodlums forum and I thought I should share as Scrimshaw is an easy and beautiful artform

Basically:
A medium (like ivory, bone, plastic, horn, antler)
A scratch tool (Like an awl, or a needle)
And ink (I used an old bottle of higgins I had laying around)

You take what you want to work one, if it's bone or something that's not smooth, you polish it up with fine sand paper and steel wool.

You can rub some beeswax onto the surface, and then you scratch out your image or pattern.

You then rub it over with ink, an then use our fine fine steel wool to polish the ink off. What stays is the stuff in the grooves of your art work. (Which is why you polish and smooth and wax it first, so you don't have ink in pores and grooves you didn't make).


This website has some EXCELLENT info on scrimshaw.

http://findermaker.blogspot.com/2009/10/scrimshaw-made-simple.html
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Re: Scrimshaw
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2011, 09:40:53 PM »
Thanks for the post, I might be able to try this on an antler knife handle I'll be making.  I will have to practice on some pieces I have.
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Re: Scrimshaw
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2011, 09:44:22 PM »
What I'm amazed at is the simplicity of it, this only took me 30 minutes

Complain less, breathe more.

It isn't until man is quiet that nature will speak.

In the silence and solitude of the night is when you truely find yourself.

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Re: Scrimshaw
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2011, 10:43:08 PM »
Nice work Watcher!
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Re: Scrimshaw
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2011, 10:49:23 PM »
~ I think it's beautiful ...   :thumbup:  I love it!
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Re: Scrimshaw
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2011, 08:26:54 PM »
oh wow that is great watcher
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Re: Scrimshaw
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2011, 01:46:30 PM »
I gots a whole bunch of antique whale's tooth scrimshaw.  They were given to me in lieu of a paycheck.  

Here's a coupla of them:


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Re: Scrimshaw
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2011, 07:40:14 PM »
those are nice
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Re: Scrimshaw
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2011, 08:24:44 PM »
I have always liked scimshaw.
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